Women's Rodeo Team Finishes Top 5 at Nationals

The Women’s Rodeo Team finished in fourth place at the College National Finals Rodeo.

Team members (L to R): Haley Nelson, Kirsten Stubbs, Taylor Langdon and Bailey Guthrie, pictured at the southwest regional championships at Tarleton State University in May.

Team members (L to R): Haley Nelson, Kirsten Stubbs, Taylor Langdon and Bailey Guthrie, pictured at the southwest regional championships at Tarleton State University in May.

Texas-tested rodeo skills helped guide the Women’s Rodeo Team to a fourth-place national ranking on Saturday (June 18) at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

“All four of our members gained points during the week,” said Chris Guay, Texas Tech’s rodeo coach and an instructor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences.

The team included:

  • Goat Tying: Bailey Guthrie, a junior pre-physical therapy major from Rigby, Idaho
  • Barrel Racing: Taylor Langdon, a sophomore radiology technology major from Aubrey
  • Barrel Racing: Haley Nelson, a junior English major from Channing
  • Breakaway Calf Roping: Kirsten Stubbs, a sophomore agriculture and applied economics major from Eldorado

According to program officials, the national finals are considered the “Rose Bowl” of college rodeo. It’s where the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association crowns individual event champions in saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. In addition, national team championships are awarded to both men’s and women’s teams.

During the competition, Nelson and Stubbs placed well in their events, while Langdon finished seventh in the finals and fifth in the individual national barrel racing standings. Guthrie placed second in go round two and first in the finals. Her strong showing put her in the fifth spot in the national goat tying standings. The women’s competition was won by Montana State University, followed by Sam Houston State University, Tarleton State University and Texas Tech.

Texas Tech men’s rodeo team members ended the year among the nation’s Top 20 rodeo teams. They placed 19th in the national standings.

Separately, C.J. Kerr, a junior animal and food sciences major from Paradise, won first in go round two, third in go round three and third in the finals. He finished in the fifth spot in the national steer wrestling standings. Luke Creasy, a senior English major from Alberta, Canada, took seventh in go round two and completed the season 14th in the nation in bareback riding.

More than 400 cowboys and cowgirls from more than 100 universities and colleges compete in Casper each year. Contestants compete all year in one of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 11 regions for a chance to rope or ride in the national finals. The top three students in each event, and top two men’s and women’s teams from the regions qualify.


Animal and Food Sciences

Animal and Food Sciences Building

The Department of Animal and Food Sciences is housed within the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources.

In 2004, Animal and Food Sciences moved into a new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility. This new facility includes four multimedia-classrooms, five specialized teaching & research labs, the largest retail meat cooler on a university campus, and a retail store (COWamongus).

The department's Equestrian Center is home to Texas Tech's champion Ranch Horse Team, Rodeo Team, Equestrian Team, Therapeutic Riding Center and a 4-H Youth group.

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